Since Title IX was enacted as a portion of education amendments in 1972, many changes have taken place in Athletics, particularly for women. Just imagine the number of female athletes participating in High School Athletic Competition increased from 7% in the early 1970’s to over 38% in the early 1990’s. Over 42% of college athletes worldwide are now women competing in athletic sports activities.
Satisfaction with the Title IX law and its requirements have not been met without issues over the years and some schools have seen a decrease in Men’s Sports programs due to Title IX compliance. There have been amendments and changes and there is no doubt that it has been a controversial stepping stone through the complex issue of gender discrimination in school athletics.
Satisfaction of any one aspect of the three prong test provides the government with the compliance that schools need to continue to receive federal funding and to satisfy Title IX requirements. One being that male and female athletes are proportionate in enrollment in sports programs. Two being that the school has a history of creating new opportunities and programs for female athletes or three by showing, that the interests of female students are fully accommodated.
Recent 2010 changes in the law states that schools can use a survey to satisfy a portion of the third prong of the compliance requirements in addition to other factors such as tracking athletic trends. There have been many discussions over whether or not surveys portray a correct representation of female interests in athletics and activities.
One thing a survey can do is give your students a voice. Washington State Schools is one such school community that continues to survey their students on their views and sports participation interest. After the TItle IX legislation in 1972, Washington Stated enacted their own similar legislation to Title IX for school activities funded by the state. For compliance with their own state, many schools utilize LifeTrack Services Inc.’s Title IX Survey Package.
The first 11 questions capture information outlined by the Washington State OSPI, the additional questions 12-23 can be customized by school to capture information desired from their students about the facility, equipment, coaches, etc. Not only are they capturing a students interests in sports but their views about other areas of interest or possible improvement strategies for the school.
The debate will undoubtedly go on about Title IX compliance and the best way to measure equal opportunities in sports activities for students. However you cannot deny that not only can it assist a school in compliance issues, surveys can give students a sense of commitment of the school to honor their needs and opinions and to let them know that they are being listened to.
Of course, a high response rate can lend more authenticity to your survey. Stay tuned for our next discussion about how LifeTrack Surveys can gather the best rate of return for your school surveys.
Check out more about Title IX Surveys by following this link: http://graduate-surveys.com/Title_IX_Interest_Survey.html